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Breaking and slithering: Police apprehend snake in Woodford Green kitchen

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 July 2016 | UPDATED: 09:29 27 July 2016

A King snake at an RSPCA Animal Hospital in Putney.

A King snake at an RSPCA Animal Hospital in Putney.

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There are many things you expect to find in your parent’s kitchen, but a potentially deadly reptile is not one of them.

The snake after Barry caught it in his fishing gear.The snake after Barry caught it in his fishing gear.

Yet that is exactly what happened to Barry Watts when he popped in to his mother’s house in Avenue Road, Woodford Green, to check everything was okay, only to find a snake in the middle of the kitchen floor.

Speaking of the moment he spotted the snake, the 64-year-old said: “I was pretty startled to be honest, luckily the curtains were drawn and it was pretty cool in there so it was resting.

“I’m pretty good on my wildlife and knew it wasn’t any kind of snake that was native to England, and I wasn’t going to try and be a hero messing around with a venemous snake, so I dialled 101 and asked them what to do.”

Barry was told to ask around his mother’s neighbours and find out if any of them owned exotic reptiles that could have escaped, but none did.

“I think I scared a few of them when I was going around asking if they’d misplaced a snake.” he admitted.

“I can see the headlines now, ‘snakes hit Woodford’!”

And the fact the snake, whose species has not yet been identified, was in the kitchen was also a cause for concern.

“It might have had free-reign of the house for months,” he said. “Because there are no ground level windows in the kitchen, so it would have had to come through the lounge and the passageway to make it in there.”

Fortunately, Barry was able to use some fishing gear and a heavy plant pot to trap the snake until police officers arrived.

A Metropolitan Police Service spokeswoman confirmed police were called to the scene at 3.08pm on Sunday after reports of a snake in a kitchen, three officers were able to safely collect the reptile in a cardboard box and brought it to the police station kennels where it stayed overnight.

The next morning a police officer transported the snake to a local vet, and there is currently no further information on its whereabouts.


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